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HELENA WEEKLY HERALD
LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY

Thursday, November 20, 1879

SPORTING IN MONTANA
Jamison’s Season’s Hunt in the Judith Country
It was some weeks since reported that Mr. J. A. Jamison, the Irish tourist and sportsman, had concluded his season’s hunt and taken his departure for the Pacific Coast. This was a mistake growing out of the circumstance of the delivery here and expressage at the time of many trophies of the chase. Mr. Jamison and his cousin, Mr. J. A. Haig, of Fifeshire, Scotland, who joined the field camp in July last, have just arrived back from t he scene of their hunting exploits and the two gentlemen are tarrying a few days with their Helena friends. An account of the several months’ sport, condensed in very brief form, will show something of its attendant success. Mr. Jamison’s party, composed of himself, body servant, and the trusty frontiersmen Elwell and Fisher, who had similarly served him before, took to the field on the 12th of June. The first camp was established on the Judith river near its source and within a few miles of the recent new gold discoveries. Here a stop of six weeks was made. Subsequently camps were established on Cottonwood, Flat Willow and other creeks further east and more remote from the intrusion of the aggressive explorer and settler. Game everywhere was abundant. Rifle practice never flagged for want of something royal to shoot at. Buffalo, elk, bear, deer, antelope, mountain lion, lynx, wild-cat, not to speak of smaller game, are numbered in the list of the grand ‘catch’. In the trophy exhibit are magnificent sets of elk and deer antlers, buffalo heads, bear and other robes. In bear alone twenty-eight animals were killed, most of them grizzlies. The largest of these was a monster estimated to weigh 1,200 pounds. The robe, neatly preserved, measures eight feet three inches from nose to rump. Other measurements of the beast when slain showed thirty-nine inches around the head below the ears and thirty-three inch girth of forearm. This animal Mr. Jamison’s rifle brought down at or near the head of Big Spring Creek. Mr. Haig, a young graduate of Trinity College, appears to have likewise shown himself a resolute hunter and a clever shot, having a fine collection of game regalia to prove it. Indians during most of the season have been numerous in the Judith country, but the hunters’ camps were never molested. Mr. Jamison expects to leave Wednesday for California, and will sail from there some time in December for a tour through Japan and parts of China. Mr. Haig goes also as far as San Francisco, and after some weeks spent in the Golden State, turns back across the continent and from New York will sail for Scotland.

AT WICKES
Our readers have all heard of Wickes. Few of them, comparatively, have been there. We travel eighteen miles south to Jefferson City and four miles west of that place to get there. The road is hard and smooth, and undulating enough to bring into play different sets of your horses’ muscles, and a good team bowles easily along at an eight mile pace. The diverging route from the Prickly Pear at Jefferson leads into a narrow valley, down which speeds a clear, cold stream from its mountain source. On either hand rise smoothly sloped hills, clothed to their tops in the autumn-browned vesture of succulent bunch grass. At the head of the valley, or where it parts by prongs, is the town of Wickes. It has a tall environment, below which it has tucked itself away cosily. There are offices and cottages and cabins and shops, with occupants for each and all of them. These are the outgrowth of the enterprise of the Alta Montana Company, whose vast silver reduction works are reared in the midst and are the chief feature of the town. It is particularly to examine these works that our visit is made here. The buildings cover an acre’s space, the main ones rising to four and six floors. We have no room here to describe the various and costly machinery they contain. We remark simply that all the appliances have been placed in these works to manipulate and treat silver ores by every process heretofore practically adopted or now in successful use. Under cover of contiguous roofs is apparently every contrivance for milling, concentrating, roasting, bleaching, and smelting. Months have been spent in altering, enlarging and adding to this silver-working caravansary, at an expense of many thousands of dollars. It is very hive of industry, and busy hands in every direction are pushing to the close their tasks in the comoon hurry to get the work in operation.

OUTSIDE THE WORKS PROSPER

We recover ourself and promise not to venture a silver reduction process description a second time. We take a view outside the reduction works proper. A little way off is an immense depot for the storage of reserve supplies of charcoal. A yard and kiln shows where hundreds of thousands of bricks have been manufactured. Here, too, are piles of clay and other ingredients for fire brick, and a machine at work pressing the mixed materials into shape for burning. Long racks of cordwood are on hand, seasoned for winter’s use. Teams are hourly arriving and adding their loads to the accumulation of ore. There is idleness in no direction. No drinking or intoxication is seen. In place of saloons, which are strictly interdicted, is a commodious reading-room, handsomely furnished and lighted, with supplies of newspapers, pictorials and magazines. Here, after the day’s work, the employees assemble and pleasantly and profitably spend the evening. Of a Sunday religious services are held, the reading-room becoming a church. Rev. Mr. Wickes, nephew of W. W. Wickes, a young man of brilliant mind, is the worthy and excellent pastor. He has his good wife and bright little ones with him, sheltered in a neat cottage erected for their use. It struck us as a specially happy family circle we met at the lunch table in that cozy mountain home.

SILVER MINES:

The Colorado District - Alta, North Pacific, Gregory, Minnesota, Banner, David Copperfield, Rocky Bar and others of less note

The Boulder District - Comet, Rumley, Belle of the Boulder, Mollie McGregor and others

The Hot Springs District - Amazon, Dan Tucker, Legal Tender, Bonanza

The Ten Mile region - Vaughan’s Little Jennie, Nellie Grant, Russell

ROSTER OF OFFICERS AND EXPERTS
In personal charge and directing the vast business of the Alta Montana Company is W. W. Wickes, Esq., President and Resident Managing Director. Under him and at the head of special and distinct divisions of work are the following named gentlemen:
Superintendent - Mr. Cole Saunders
General Foreman of Works - Chas. Starritt
Metallurgist - Dr. Ernest de Grenier
Amalgamator - Charles E. Stevens
Smelter - J. R. Green
Foreman of Mines - Lyman Rowley

LETTER FROM BENTON
Growth of the Town - Present and Future of the County - Railroad and River Speculations - Local Items
Benton, M. T. , November 10, 1879
Benton is fast assuming such size as to have attracted no little attention, not to mention envy, from other and larger places in the Territory, and it would seem but fair that the press of the country should give due space to news from Choteau and its vicinity. A trip over the country is all that is needed to convince one of the solid foundation Benton is building upon, while the unsurpassed beauty and value of the lands foretell their early and general settlement. Thousand of head of cattle are ranging over the county, and already sheep ranches are to be found in many of the most desirable locations. The fact that these cattle look so well and are so thrifty without a pound of hay beiing put up for them during the winter, is of itself a guaranty that before five years the capital invested in the business will be enormous. Again, the immigration during the past months must be the precursor of a proportional increase next spring, aside from the natural tide of people emigrating hither from the over-crowded East. There can be no disputing one fact, that as the railroads draw nearer to Montana and make her less inaccessible to those whose means are limited, just so much the more rapidly will her population increase and so much more wide-spread will her advantages appear. Montana seems in a fair way to be able to compete with rail traffic by means of her river system, which will continue to land goods at low rates at central points for inland distribution. Benton is a natural entrepot, the receiving point for most of the freight for Northern Montana. It holds the same position in its tributary that St. Paul, Minn., does to that section. The product of this county and Meagher and Lewis and Clarke, in the way of wool, will naturally find their outlet via Benton and the Missouri river, as must also the beef that is shipped. The argument that the longer railroads can be kept out the better it is, I believe, short-sighted. It may to some appear wise policy, perhaps, not to encourage them, but let one enter Benton or Helena next year and the vast increase in people would bring money, and our counties would prosper accordingly.-We have had several little fights of late in the town, but nothing very serious.

-Strangers continue to arrive, and the hotels are over full.All the business men are hard at work. I. G. Baker & Co are moving into their new brick store, which is a great credit to the firm and town. The troops of
the Third Infantry will move into Baker’s old quarters in a day or so.

-Col. J. J. Donnelly has just returned from his survey to establish the line between Choteau and Meagher counties. Starting at the mouth of Deep creek the boundary runs east to a point near the mouth of the Muscleshell. The survey throws a number of ranchmen into the adjoining county that wish to be in Choteau, and it is not improbable that a mutual agreement will be made so as to concede certain portions each to insure satisfaction.

-Fires are doing great damage in the Belt creek region

-Miners from Yogo gulch report everything quiet for the winter. ‘Look out for a stampede next spring,’ I overheard one say recently, and I expect he predicts correctly. Let us hope so at least.

PILGRIM

GALLATIN COUNTY ITEMS
(Avant COURIER, 13th, inst)

-On Thursday last Mr. Wm. Erskin, proprietor of Erskin’s bridge across the West Gallatin, sustained a dislocation of one of his shoulders, by his horse stumbling and throwing him

-Al. O. Brawner, who the greater part of his life has lived in the Far West, and who for a number of years has worked at the blacksmith trade in Bozeman, left last week for Plattsburg, Mo., to visit his mother and other relatives at that place

-Three head of blooded short-horn bulls, property of Buford Farris, sold at public auction on Tuesday last for about $700. G. F. Cope, who had advertised to sell his stock at the same time, disposed of them at private sale to Martin and Myers for about $2,000. Martin & Myers were the fortunate purchasers also of the Farris stock.

-The Grand Jury failed to find a ‘true bill’ against Sim. B. Roberts in the Keeney-Roberts shooting scrape, and he was discharged yesterday by order of the court. Mr. Roberts leaves town to-day for Martinsdale, in the Muscleshell Valley, with some cattle for the Montana Cattle Company. He expects to visit town again on or about Christmas.

DEER LODGE ITEMS
(Northwest, 13th inst)

-On Friday morning of last week I. B. Porter appeared as attorney under authority of J. H. Shankland, Attorney of the Board of Trade, San Francisco, and retaining Hiram Knowles attached the property and book accounts of Mr. Chas. Blum at Deer Lodge and Butte for the following San Francisco accounts ..... Sheriff McAndrews took possession under attachment and now has a force of clerks taking an Inventory. We understand Sands Bros. propose to replevin the stock as soon as the inventory is completed. Mr. Blum has enormous stocks of goods, the estimated value of his property being ully $90,000. Should the above be all the bills our creditors should not lose anything.

-Mr. Con Kohrs returned from the East on Saturday. He and Mich Oxarart drove 1,700 head of cattle to Fort Fetterman, losing 70 head of cattle on the road. Mr. Kohrs then sold his interest in them to Oxarart, who will not market them until next year. Kohrs then took 1,000 head of his own cattle on to Council Bluffs, where he sold them at $30 per head to feeders. His were said to be the finest lot of cattle that have gone over the U.P. road, but were not fat enough for beeves. Corn having suddenly advanced about 25 per cent, feeders were scary about buying and the cattle were sold low. Mr. Kohrs says everywhere he visited the evidence of better times are manifest and the whole country is booming.

LOCAL NEWS
From the DAILY HERALD of November 17

SUICIDE
At about 12 o’clock to-day a man went into the Washington Brewery, who had previously stepped into the cellar below, and he was found to be under the influence of poison. It was discovered from a bottle in his pocket that he had taken strychnine, the bottle found being about half full. Dr. Wm. L. Steele, the Coroner, was summoned as soon as possible, but before any change could be produced by powerful antidotes, the man, after two convulsions, was a corpse.From witnesses and from papers found on his person it was ascertained that his name was Daniel C. Leonard, a discharged sergeant of Company D, 23d U. S. Infantry, at Fort Vancouver. He served in Company B, 71st New York Volunteers, during the rebellion, and was wounded at the battle of Mine Run, Virginia, in 1863, and was an applicant for pension. He was about 37 years of age, light complexion and blue eyes. It was evidently a case of premeditated suicide, as might be inferred from the following, found in his memorandum book:I am suspicioned, but I am an honest man. I am tired, and I die with ill-will to no man. I am not afraid of death. (Signed) D. C. Leonard

VERDICT OF THE CORONER’S JURY

An inquisition holden at Helena in the county of Lewis and Clarke, on the 17th day of November, A.D. 1879, before me, W. L. Steele, Coroner of said county, upon the body of Daniel C. Leonard, there lying dead, by the jurors whose names are hereunto subscribed. The said jurors, upon their oaths, do say, that he came to his death by taking a dose of strychnine, with suicidal intent.
Chas. D. Curtis
Chas. D. Hard
H. M. Cooper
Geo. W. Bashaw
W. G. Preuitt
Geo. Weiske

DEATH OF AN OLD MONTANIAN
(Missoulian)
The Yankee ork HERALD of the 18th of October, contains an account of the death, by an overdose of morphine, of John H. McGrath, a man well known to the early settlers of Montana. Mr. McGrath was one of the early pioneers of Alder gulch, where he established one of the first boarding houses known to the Territory. We believe he leaves a wife, who now resides in Evanston, Utah. McGrath will be remembered as achieving considerable notoriety in connection with the arrest at Salt Lake of Brady, who had robbed his partner of $600 or $700. McGrath followed him to Salt Lake, arrested him, and brought him back for trial. Brady was afterwards hung by vigilanties.

ATTEMPT TO BURN BENTON
The RECORD of the 14th inst relates the following:
‘A diabolical effort to burn the town of Benton was made at about half-past eleven o’clock last night. The corner of a board kitchen in rear of the premises occupied by Julus Davis (colored) was saturated with coal oil and ignited. Julia, however, discovered the fire and gave the alarm in time to have the flames extinguished before material damage had been done. This is the second attempt made to fire the town within the past two weeks.

A BROKEN LEG
A young man, just arrived in this country, who lent a hand to the unloading of a freight wagon in front of Sands Bros., met with an unfortunate mishap, a heavy box slipping from his grasp, falling upon and breaking his leg. He was conveyed to the hospital, his limb set, and at last accounts was making the best of his misfortune. The injured man is from Massachusetts, but his name was not learned.

A PIECE OF DEVILTRY
Some despicable vandal, out on the night herd, at a late hour Sunday, upset in front of Holter & Bro’s a large grindstone, weighing 800 pounds, breaking it in pieces. It was valued at $75.00. The miscreant, it is to be hoped, will be found and properly punished.

ON THE RAMPAGE
A man named James Murray was arrested and locked up in the county jail yesterday for drawing a huge butcher knife and threatening to kill Col. C. D. Curtis, who at the time was engaged in conversation with another gentleman on the corner of Broadway and Main street. Col. Curtis says that he never saw the man before and is unable to account for the assault. It appears that this man, Murray, while passing a lady on Benton avenue yesterday morning was seen to draw a knife from his shirt-sleeve and heard to say that he would kill somebody. In fact Murray was on the rampage and threatening to annihilate the town. He will have an examination before Judge Hedges this afternoon. The General opinion is that Murray is insane.

CHANGE OF FIRM
Mr. T. J. Frost, of the firm of Winter, Neill & Co., lumber dealers, has sold out his interest to Messrs. Winter and Neill. The firm name will continue to be Winter, Neill & Co.

MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE M.A.M. & M.A.

Last night a meeting of the directors of the Territorial Fair Association was held at the office of Gov. Potts. John Kinna, Henry M. Parchen and E. Beach having tendered their resignations, the following named gentlemen were chosen to fill the vacancies. W. L. Milligan, Robert Barnes and S. C. Gilpatrick. A committee was appointed to prepare a premium list with instructions to report the same at a meeting of the Directors to be held on the 1st of December.

LIST OF LETTERS

Remaining in the Post Office uncalled for at Helena, Lewis and Clarke county, Montana, ON THE 19TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1879
Bearcroft W H
Hofman Fred
Bonacind J A
Jaques George
Champlin Lester
Keller John
Clark Mrs H Edith
Keeler John
Coghlan Daniel
Diltz Jno B
Frank H 2
Martin & Lombard
Gaunt S W 2
Morrison Mrs S F
Goulding James
Rennan Michael
Heiser George
Ross Mrs Sarameah
Hermann Chas
Williams Lizzie F
S. H. CROUNSE
, P.M.

PERSONAL
-Prof. Rolfe returned home from Butte yesterday
-Capt. H. Guyer, of Jefferson, was in the city to-day
-John J. Henry, of Bozeman, was in the city yesterday
-Col. DeLacey arrived home from Tongue river on Sunday
-Dr. Greenlead, Surgeon, U.S.A., Fort Shaw arrived last night accompanied by Mrs. Greenleaf
-James King left on the overland this morning for Chicago where he will spend the winter
-Ed. Zimmerman, who has been confined to his bed by illness for several days past, is again up and attending to business
-Maj. Blaine, Paymaster, Maj. Robinson, Quartermaster, and Blaine Walker arrived home from Fort Ellis last night

-D. L. McFarland, U.S. Deputy Surveyor, returned home Saturday from the Yellowstone having completed the surveys under his contract

-Mrs. Hawkins, who has been visiting Mrs. Ashby, returned to Benton yesterday. Mrs. Hawkins, we believe, is a sister of the Messrs. Conrad

-Col. Wheeler, one of the best Marshals the Territory ever had, is in Butte and will spend two or three days here looking after some valuable lots
and mining property. (Miner)

-C. T. Rader, Sheriff and Assessor of Meagher county, arrived in the city yesterday. He reports snow on the belt range 4 inches deep. Mr. Rader is now busily engaged in filling his wood contract with the Government Fort at Logan.

-Maj. Arthur, Paymaster U.S.A., who has been traveling in Europe during the past six or eight months, is now en route to Montana and will probably arrive in Helena by the 23d inst. Mr. Fred J. Schwabe, his clerk, has been in the city some two months, and recently secured an office on Upper Main St. For Major Arthur.

-Mr. J. T. Conner will leave to-morrow morning for a short visit to Colorado. Mr. Conner has been expecting Mr. Chas. L. Wright, of New York, President of the Rocker Company, to visit Montana; but this morning he received a dispatch from Mr. Wright, from Denver, stating that he had been injured in a coach accident, and requested Mr. Conner to meet him there.

BREVITIES
-Messrs. Raleigh & Clarkes will soon establish a branch house in Glendale.

-Chas. Donnelly died in a saloon at Deadwood recently. Cause, too much ‘bug juice’.

-James Gordon Bennett has a daily income of $1,500 from the New York

HERALD
-Ex-U.S. Marshal Wheeler is going to open up his mines in Butte. Judge Warren is interested with him

-Two billiard halls have recently been sold in Helena - one for $1,800 and the other for $3,000. All of which goes to show that billiard halls must be in demand.

-Dr. Mussigbrod captured on Monday last the man, McLaughlin, who escaped from the Warm Spring Asylum. The Doctor took the patient back to the Springs on Tuesday. (INDEX)

-The many friends of Mr and Mrs Kessler will be rejoiced to learn that Mrs Kessler’s physicians to-day pronounce her very much improved, with the chances in favor of her recovery

-John Mannheim, an old citizen of Madison county, died on the 8th inst. His health had been failing for some years, and his death was not entirely unexpected. Deceased leaves a widow and many warm friends to mourn his loss.

-The young man who met with the painful accident yesterday while unloading goods in front of Sands Bros is at the hospital and is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstance. His name is Southard, and came here from Lowell, Mass.

-The grand jury of Missoula county last week found indictments against Mary A. Drouillard, Wm. McKay and John A. Fisher for the murder of M M. Drouillard; also against John Lannon (Indian), for highway robbery, and Gilman and Poy for stealing horses.
-Mr. C. T. Miles, who lives in Deer Lodge valley, Montana, came over here yesterday from Cow Creek, Owyhee county, where he has 5,000 sheep which he brought up from California, and took the Kelton stage for home this morning. He will winter his sheep on Succor creek and drive them to Montana next summer. (IDAHO STATESMAN)

A MONSTER FLUME
The Great Mining Enterprise In Confederate Gulch
All Ready to Start Up in May, 1880

Confederate Gulch, in Meagher county, famous throughout the Territory for the golden treasures - amounting to several millions of dollars - which it has turned out, will next season again be heard from in its lavish product of bright, rich gold. Some years ago Mr. James King run a bedrock flume up Confederate, but before work had been advantageously begun, the great flood of 1876 came sweeping down the gulch and buried the flume with dirt, rubbish and rocks to a depth varying from ten to twenty feet. Mr. King at this time was engaged in business in Chicago, and it was not until the summer of ‘78 that he could so arrange his affairs as to give his personal attention to this extensive mining property. He came out last summer, looked the ground over, and got everything in readiness for operations this spring. Mr. King has accomplished this season one of the largest jobs ever undertaken in Montana in placer mining.The cleaning out of the old flume took up the most of the summer, a large force of men working day and night. A clean-up of the flume was then made. We are not informed of the amount of gold realized, yet we understand the result was very satisfactory to Mr. King. The old flume was then taken up, and a surveying party employed to run a new grade. In order to make the flume as straight as possible, in a number of places it had to be cut for some distance through the rim rock. And in order to make the flume of uniform grade, an immense amount of gravel was used in filling the cut of the old flume. The ‘fill’ varied from six to nine feet. A sawmill, run by hydraulic power, was constructed to cut blocks, sills, and smaller pieces of square timber required. For this purpose over 6,000 small trees were used. They were cut from about twenty acres of ground, on the mountain side, over a thousand feet above the flume, and sent down the mountain on a chute. A large number of skilled laborers were employed in laying the sills and putting on the boards, the most of the work being done in the water, making it a cold, disagreeable job. As the winter season was fast approaching work was pushed as rapidly as possible, the men working all the hours of daylight, and Mr. King had the satisfaction of seeing the last of the necessary work completed before he left Diamond city last week. Mr. K will leave Helena tomorrow for Chicago, where he will spend the winter with his family and return to Montana next April.

BREVITIES
-Henry Haupt’s money drawer at the Hot Springs bar was robbed of its contents on Monday last - about $14.

-$100 reward is offered for the proof of the death of John O’Donnell, a baker by trade, who went to the Black Hills in October 1877. Address A. Clarke, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa

MARRIED
-In Butte, November 16th, 1879, by Rev. J. R. Russell, at the residence of the groom, Mr. W. G. Matthews and Miss Estella Hammond.

-In Bozeman, Monday, November 10th, 1879, Sol. R. Shrake to Hettie A. Baswell, both of Gallatin county

BORN
-In Helena, November 18th, 1879, to the wife of Wm. McClatchey, a daughter

-In Butte, November 17, 1879, to the wife of Mr. Reese Wampler, a son

-At Red Bluff, Madison county, November 7th, 1879, to the wife of S. W. Hurst, a daughter

-At Silver City, on November 12th, 1879, to the wife of W. T. Wilborn, a daughter

-At Bozeman, November 11th, 1879, to the wife of Gen. Lester S. Wilson, a son.

DIED
-In Jefferson Valley, Madison county, November 8th, 1879, John Mannheim, aged 56 years

-At McHesser Creek, Madison county, November 12th, 1879, of cerebo spinal meningitis, Mrs. R. Simpson.

-At East Gallatin, November 6, 1879, Alfred Barnett, about 30 years of age.

LOCAL NEWS
From the Daily HERALD of November 13
VIRNOSCHE
A Statement From Bob West
Blacktail, M. T. Nov. 11, 1879
To the Editor of the HERALD

I noticed a statement in your issue of the 6th made by Virnosche to a reporter of the INDEX while under arrest for shooting McAuly, which I desire to contradict through your paper. I never did at any time claim the ground that Virnosche and McAuley had the difficulty over in which the latter was killed. Some time last March I built a house in the mouth of Blacktail canyon and moved my family into it. Virnosche brought suit against me for possession of the house and got a judgement against me. I appealed the case to the Supreme Court and before we had another hearing he (Virnosche) got a surveyor and run his lines and found that I was not on his ground. He then withdrew the suit and paid the cost. I have lived there ever since on the same place and have possession of all I ever claimed, although Virnosche tried to run me off with his ax. He said that he was done with civil law and that he would take the Texas law. We have never had any trouble since. At the time he ran the lines between us he also run them between McAuley and himself. Furthermore, the ground on which McAuley was shot was his own according to the stakes set by the surveyor at that time.
Respectfully,
Robert West

PERSONALS
-D.A.G. Flowerree and John Murphy returned home from the Muscleshell last night

-Mr and Mrs O.J. Salisbury left by private conveyance yesterday for Bozeman, and will be absent about ten days

-Mr Geo. Abbott, of the firm of E. Grissar & Co., San Francisco, who has passed several days in Helena, takes his departure Friday morning on his return to the Coast. Mr. Abbott is the active business man and manager at headquarters, conducting probably the largest wool business in America. We have met him at home and know something of his many admirable qualities. We regret that his stay is so short. The branch business of the house, we are pleased to know, is to become a permanent fixture in Helena.

BREVITIES
-Messrs. DeWolfe and Chadwick are the attorneys who have been selected by Butte to fight the city charter.-Bodie is infested with roughs and desperate characters as well as Helena and Butte. A paper published in that place says: At no time since this camp was started has there been so many tough, hard characters in town as at the present time. They have gradually drifted in from outside camps; unprosperous camps in Nevada, and the cow counties of this State. Elaborate accounts of Bodie’s prosperity and rapid growth have gone broadcast throughout the Coast, and these vagrants -bunions on honest industry and thrift - have been induced to come here.

NECESSITY OF VIGILANCE COMMITTEES
The Butte MINER of the 13th says: When law is of so little consequence that an old citizen can be brutally murdered by a pretended friend in the heart of a populous city within five rods of a building crowded with persons and the murderer allowed to escape; when five murders take place in as many days in different parts of the Territory, when burglaries take place nearly every night, then is it time to do away with all nonsensical and foolish sentiment.

The MINER does not believe in Lynch law, but it does believe in the necessity of Vigilance Committees at this very hour. The best citizens are enrolled in them, a more intelligent class than is possible to be procured on our juries. Let a fair trial be had, but when once a man is found guilty let his punishment be speed and certain. As long as there are hopes of getting clear by the plea of insanity, by escape from prison, by bribery of juries, by pardon, so long will life in Montana be unsafe. Let the punishment to the party convicted of guilt be sure and speedy, and there will be less loss of life, less criminal cases involving the counties in debt, more peace and order. ‘Let no guilty man escape.’

UNITED STATES VS. GEO. W. FOX
Geo. W. Fox was arraigned yesterday afternoon upon the first of the new indictments presented by the grand jury at this term and put upon his trial on the six counts of the first indictment, all of which refer to an item of entry charged to have been made by Fox in the books of the Peoples National Bank of Helena, being an entry of a draft for something over six thousand dollars sent to an Eastern bank, which entry, it is charged in the indictment, was false, and made with intent to deceive the examining officer of the United States, and other officers and persons.The jury was impanneled and the case opened by counsel before the adjournment of court last evening. The examination of witnesses began this morning and the trial may continue several days. U. S. District Attorney Andrews and W. F. Sanders are conducting the prosecution, and Warren Toole, Judge Chumasero, W. F. Chadwick and Mr. DeWolfe are the attorney for Fox. This is a very important case, and it is being hotly contested on both sides.The following names gentlemen constitute the jury: Wm. Davenport, John Bower, Henry Guthrie, J. Y. Johnson, Paul Wydert, Richard Hoback, W. J. Bickett, C. L. Payne, James H. Halford, James P. Porter, Mr. Goodman and Louis Stadler.

IN ST. LOUIS
Among other Montana celebrities met with in the States, Mr. Meyndorff mentions Mr. E. G. Maclay, at St. Louis, whom we are glad to learn is fast improving in health, with the promise of complete recovery from his long season of illness. Medical treatment in his case is enjoined for several months to come, but he expects the spring of 1880 will again find him at his old place of business in Helena with all his powers for work unimpaired. Of Mr. Ben. Stickney is also brought cheering accounts. He is prosperous and happy as mine host of the famed Planters’ House - abiding place of every Montanian sojourning in the ‘Future Great’ and the popular home of countless others from every part of the universe transiently in St. Louis at all times of the year.

PERSONAL
-James King, of Diamond, is at the Cosmopolitan

-Dr. A. H. Mitchell, of Deer Lodge, arrived last night

-Len McCulloch arrived from Ft. Assinniboine yesterday

-John Keating, of Keatingville, is visiting in the city for a few days

-Ed. McKean, who has been dangerously ill in Butte for several weeks, is convalescing

-Mr. F. Bain, a thrifty stockgrower of Choteau county, arrived from Benton last night en route to Bozeman

-W. G. Conrad and family arrived from Benton yesterday. They are enroute East to visit friends and will remain until spring

-After an absence of nearly two months Mr. M. A. Meyendorff, United States Melter of the Helena Assay Office, returned Thursday evening. In the course of his tour through the States he took in many of the chief cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington. He reports a pleasant journey going and coming, and delightful visits with old acquaintances met with at every stopping place in his route of travel. Mr. Meyendorff looks and feels greatly improved by his brief leave-of-absence. Welcome back.

MEAGHER COUNTY ITEMS
(Husbandman, 13 inst)

-Simon Marks contracted for the delivery of 10,000 pounds of wheat and oats at Len Lewis’ ranch, Smith river, at $1.65 per hundred pounds, this week

-Mr and Mrs A. T. Linville, of Thompson gulch, came over last week to spend the winter at their old Diamond home. It was their intention to have
wintered at White Sulphur Springs, but were unable to rent a building.

-Hamilton & Stuart’s herd of cattle, which were driven from Oregon, reached their range on the Sweet Grass last week. The herd numbers 2,500 head and are a good lot of cattle. These gentlemen left 1,200 head in Idaho to winter.

-The Seiben Bros., of Chestnut, have dissolved partnership and divided their herds and flocks. Henry is now the boss cattle man, and Jacob and Leonard are among the heaviest wool growers, having added 5,000 to their already large flock this year. Mr and Mrs Leonard Seiben have gone to their old home in Illinois.

BREVITIES
-A man named Boner was badly injured by a bucket falling on him in the Algonquin mine, a few days ago

-A $2,800 clean up was made last week from 100 tons of the Park lode ore, above Unionville, owned by Messrs Richards, Cullinen and Hays.

-Col. John Gibbon, at his own request, has been relieved from the charge of the inspector-general’s office at department headquarters in St. Paul, and Captain B. P. Hughes assumes the duties of that office. The removal of Col. John Gibbon to Fort Snelling, necessitates the change which has gone into effect by order of Gen. Terry. (St. Paul PIONEER)

-There are opium dens in Butte where white boys, men and women congregate for the purpose of stupefying themselves. If the city officials would attend as closely to looking after such nuisances as to other matters they might do as much good. San Francisco and other cities impose a fine of $5.00 upon any person visiting those dens or encouraging them in any way. (MINER)

PICTURE OF MONTANA MINE
The site and surrounding of the Rocker Silver mine, Jefferson county, are finely illustrated in a late number of the New York GRAPHIC. It is the first Montana mine yet depicted in picture form in an illustrated journal. The property itself is considered a valuable one.

PERSONAL
-Jesse Taylor came in from the Teton yesterday

Sam Hall returned home from the asylum yesterday and apparently is well as ever

-Capt. D. H. Trufant, of Yamhill, will winter in Missoula county with his old time friend Col. Baker

-J. R. Cox, one of the successful stockgrowers of Montana, arrived yesterday from his Sun River valley plantation and started this morning on the overland for the States. Mr. Cox goes directly to Missouri to visit friends from whom he has been absent fourteen years. He will be absent until next spring.

STRAYED
From Helena, in the latter part of July, a sorrel hose, six or seven years old; white hind legs; white front foot; white strip in face; collar marks, shod all around; branded P K on left shoulder, F R on left hip (In the latter brand the points of the F, I believe, turn to the left) Any person who will inform of the whereabouts of the horse will be suitably rewarded. Geo. C. Berry, Centreville, M.T.

A. J. DAVIDSON, Wholesale and Retail Dealer in and Manufacturer of HARNESS, SADDLES, etc. Cash Paid for Hides, Furs and Wool. Holter’s Block, Main street, Helena
B. M. DURELL & CO., Wholesale Grocers and dealers in WINES, LIQUORS, TOBACCO AND CIGARS Glendale/Lion City, Montana

 
   

 

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